The Trump administration is ‘considering the first nuclear weapons test since 1992 citing threats from Russia and China’ – but experts warn it could trigger an ‘unprecedented weapons’ and strengthen international relations
- Trump administration officials are talking about conducting a nuclear weapons test at a May 15 meeting with several security agencies.
- They said Russia and China are covertly conducting their own ‘low-yield’ nuclear weapons tests.
- Discussions have reportedly caused ‘serious disagreement’ about whether the US should continue nuclear testing for the first time since 1992
- 184 countries signed the UN Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, but eight countries – including the US – have not ratified the agreement
The Trump administration has discussed whether America’s first nuclear weapons test will be conducted in nearly three decades, according to a report in The Washington Post.
A senior administration official told the newspaper Friday that the consultations took place on Friday May 15, at a meeting with members from top security agencies.
At least one member of the Trump administration has prioritized the discussions by claiming that ‘both Russia and China conduct low-yield, underground nuclear tests’ of their own. Both of those countries have denied that they do.
Members at the May 15 meeting suggested that conducting a ‘quick test’ of U.S. nuclear weapons could help Washington ‘negotiate’ with both Moscow and Beijing.
The Trump administration has discussed whether America’s first nuclear weapons test will be conducted in nearly three decades, according to a bombshell report in The Washington Post. It is unclear how President Trump was involved in discussions about the continuation of the nuclear test, which reportedly occurred on May 15
The United States has not conducted a nuclear weapons test since 1992, and any plans to do so could have dramatic geological consequences. Described: The last full-scale underground test of a nuclear weapon was conducted by the Los Alamos National Laboratory at the Nevada Test Site. The test, the code named “Divider,” is the last of 1,030 nuclear tests conducted by the U.S.
The United States has not conducted a nuclear weapons test since 1992, and any plans to do so could have dramatic geological consequences.
Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, told The Washington Post: ‘This will be the starting shotgun in an unprecedented nuclear weapons race. You will also break negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who may no longer feel compelled to give up his nuclear test moratorium. ‘
‘If this administration believes that the explosion of nuclear test and nuclear brinkmanship will force the negotiating businesses to make unilateral concessions, that is a dangerous plan,’ he added.
The sentiment was reportedly voiced by some members of the national security agency at the May 15 meeting.
A Trump administration official told The Washington Post that there were ‘serious disagreements’ about whether the United States should continue its nuclear weapons tests. Members of the National Nuclear Security Administration are said to be voice-specific.
A Trump administration official claims Russia and China are covertly conducting their own ‘low-yield’ nuclear tests. Both countries have refused to do so
An administration official said the proposal to continue the U.S. arms test – while at odds – was ‘very much an ongoing conversation.’
However, another source familiar with the May 15 discussions claimed it had ended with a decision to ‘prevent a continuation of the trial’.
Marshall Billingslea, currently serving in the Trump administration as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing – had previously warned that China could ‘intend to build its nuclear forces and use these forces to test the United States and our friends and allies. ‘
The Trump administration is not currently ‘pursuing new nuclear weapons designs but has the right to do so if China and Russia refuse to negotiate their programs.’
Any nuclear test in the United States to do so would likely involve the existing arsenal.
Around 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted in the past, with more than half of those conducted by the U.S. A 1940 nuclear test in the Nevada desert illustrated
Around 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted in the past, with more than half of those conducted by the United States. The United States was also the only one to launch nuclear weapons during the conflict.
However, concerns about the health consequences of nuclear testing have resulted in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty adopted by the U.N. in 1996.
184 countries have signed the agreement, but it is not currently in force as eight specific countries – including the United States, China and Iran – have not ratified it.
Last year, Forbes reported that the Trump administration could ‘trash the deal’ after the Director of Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr., claims to believe the U.S. that Russia probably did not comply with the nuclear test. ‘
The United States was also the only country to launch nuclear weapons during the conflict. , Atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)